Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Office Hours

Meet with potential partners and investors. Create relationships with industry leaders. Build brand awareness. During office hours, all startups will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with key event attendees. It's the perfect way to make valuable in-person connections that will take your company to the next level.

10:00 AM


12:00 PM

1:00 PM


Phocuswright Research Presentation:

The State Of Travel Startups

Hear Michael Coletta, Phocuswright's manager, research and innovation, present insights from the upcoming State of Startups 2005-2017 report series, which highlights global travel startup activity and funding trends. You’ll learn which verticals are hot, where investment dollars are flowing, and what the next opportunities are in one of the world’s largest industries.

Phocuswright has tracked the launch of almost 1,500 digital travel companies worldwide since 2005. The travel startup landscape spans every region of the globe across dozens of verticals, and for most startups, the entrepreneurial dream imposes a fierce battle for relevance and market share. From company-ending failure to industry-altering success, their stories give clues to the direction and future of the travel industry.

3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:15 PM

Panel Discussion: The state of travel investments

Amir Amidi, managing partner of travel & hospitality at Plug and Play Tech Center, hosts this panel on the state of innovation and investment in travel. Hear perspectives from a VC, a corporate investor, an entrepreneur, and Amir himself. You’ll take away valuable advice and lessons learned from those who have been there and done it.


Erik Blachford, Venture Partner, TCV

andrew jordan, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, cwt

5:15 PM

Networking Break

5:30 PM


Sam Shank, CEO & Co-Founder HotelTonight


Battleground Winners Announcement

6:00 PM

Cocktail Reception

All sessions subject to change.